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New Argentine Law Will Allow Hunting Of Wild Dogs

New Argentine Law Will Allow Hunting Of Wild Dogs

BUENOS AIRES — A pending amendment to Argentina’s Hunting Act will consider packs of wild dogs in rural areas as harmful, allowing them to be hunted or captured.

This has caused much discussion among animal rights groups, which claim that this amendment is would allow only authorized agencies to shoot or trap the animals, La Tercerareports.

Whether stray dogs would be considered “wild” is a slightly subjective matter, it seems. The newspaper quotes an Agricultural and Animal Service (SAG) official as saying, “In some cases, they are capable of attacking humans. Stray dogs, who have wandered from urban environments and exist thanks to caring people and do not cause harm or damage will not be subject to this law. Wild dogs are easily identifiable animals that have nothing to do with abandoned dogs in cities.”

SAG officials say that the agency monitors compliance with hunting regulations, thanks to the important contributions of inspectors and police. They say that damage from packs of wild dogs is well known in rural areas and has had a significant impact on the populations of other wild animals such as camels, birds, deer and pudú.

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FOCUS: Russia-Ukraine War

The Russian Orthodox Church Has A Kremlin Spy Network — And Now It's Spreading Abroad

The Russian Orthodox Church has long supported Russia’s ongoing war effort in Ukraine. Now, clergy members in other countries are suspected of collaborating with and recruiting for Russian security forces.

Photo of Russian soldiers during mass at an Orthodox church in Moscow.

Russian soldiers during mass at an Orthodox church in Moscow.

Wiktoria Bielaszyn

WARSAW — Several countries have accused members of the Russian Orthodox clergy of collaborating with Russian security services, pushing Kremlin policy inside the church and even recruiting spies from within.

On Sept. 21, Bulgaria deported Russian Archimandrite Vassian, guardian of the Orthodox parish in Sofia, along with two Belarusian priests. In a press release, the Bulgarian national security agency says that clergy were deported because they posed a threat to national security. "The measures were taken due to their actions against the security and interests of the Republic of Bulgaria," Bulgarian authorities wrote in a statement, according to Radio Svoboda.

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These reports were also confirmed by Russia's ambassador to Bulgaria, Eleonora Mitrofanova, who told Russian state news agency TASS that the priests must leave Bulgaria within 24 hours. “After being declared persona non grata, Wassian and the other two clerics were taken home under police supervision to pack up their belongings. Then they will be taken to the border with Serbia" she said.

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